Remember Alexei Ramirez, the 26 year-old Cuban defector/shortstop/center fielder? He’s a wild card in a terrible shortstop market. He’ll soon establish residency in the Dominican Republic, and then he’ll be a free agent. It’s pretty tough to say how Ramirez would fare in the big leagues.
The Indians, always hunting for a good bargain, recently took a look at Ramirez in the DR. The Tribe is hunting for a run-producing left fielder; maybe they like Ramirez in that role. Maybe they just want to build up extra middle infield depth to trade later.